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Cyborg CockroachIf only exterminators could control cockroaches with the same precision demonstrated by North Carolina State University researchers who steer a Madagascar Hissing cockroach along an S-shaped line in the video below.

mouse hat thumbA miniature fluorescence microscope originally developed at Stanford University and used for neuroscienctific research on mice in 2011, was able to record neurons firing simultaneously in bands of up to 30 neurons while the mice were moving. The neuron pattern—something never before observed because it only appears when mice are actively moving—is shown in the video below.

Yesenia Salcedo, senior editor with Cutting Tool Engineering and MICROmanufacturing magazines, interviews Blum LMT Inc. President Jon C. Kulikowski about the company's origins and its new radio spindle probing technology.

Drew Griffin, sales applications scientist at Bruker AXS Inc., Madison, Wis., demonstrates how the company's ContourGT-K1 3-D Optical Microscope is used to measure surface roughness at the micro scale. The video was shot at the Bruker AXS booth during IMTS 2012 in Chicago.

The Ultraclean Technology and Micromanufacturing department with the Fraunhofer Institute of Production and Automation (Fraunhofer IPA), Stuttgart, Germany, develops integrated, innovative and results-oriented solutions for micromanufacturing tasks involving processes, equipment and production technology, according to the Fraunhofer IPA Web site.

During the 7th International Conference on MicroManufacturing in March, conference co-chairs Jian Cao and Kornel Ehmann, along with a few of their students, provided an overview of their research and work stations at the university's micromanufacturing lab.

Manas Lakshmipathy, an account manager with the Zygo Corp., Middlefield, Conn., discusses the company's ZeGage optical profiler for the micromanufacturing market.


Alicona Imaging GmbH CEO Stefan Scherer provides an overview of the company's Infinite Focus optical 3-D surface measurement and characterization machine, which features a contour measurement module.

April 13, 2012—With about 150 attendees turning out for the 7th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM 2012) held March 12-14 at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., conference organizers hailed the balanced attendance from Asia, Europe and North America as a first for the annual gathering.

Brian Kyte, Alicona's director of Optical 3-D Measurement & Inspection division, recently sat down with MICROmanufacturing Electronic Media Editor Dennis Spaeth for a video interview during The 5th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM/4M 2010).